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WE ARE NEWARTS

NewArts was founded by Michael Baroody, MD, a resident of Newtown, following the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. A ripple effect ensued that day which touched the lives of people throughout Newtown, the state, the country and the world.

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OUR OBJECTIVES

Our organization works to prepare children to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. Our programs focus on social, emotional and character development through challenging experiences. We know that if we can positively affect the way children develop, they can impact the world around them as they grow up.

Performing Arts

We provide professional level Arts activities which provide many opportunities for personal growth, camaraderie with peers and positive interactions with the community at large. This creative outlet is used to harness and release emotions. The Arts encourage many positive personal characteristics such as confidence, courage and perseverance, as well as teach life skills, including teamwork, work ethic and calculated risk-taking.

Center for Creativity

Provide a place of learning, growth and strength in the face of adversity. We aim to build a home for our multi-disciplinary program, centered on experienced based education, with its doors open to benefit people everywhere.

Character Development

Kids are growing up in an increasingly complex and challenging world. Our guidance and support are more important than ever. To meet this challenge, we provide programs that accelerate personal development. The ARC program teaches children to Aspire through action, Reach through managing emotions, and builds Confidence so kids can realize their full potential.

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" OUR GREATEST NATURAL RESOURCE IS IN THE MINDS OF OUR CHILDREN "
WALTER ELIAS DISNEY

 

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Performing Arts Program

NewArts is a creatively driven performing arts program that provides students with experience-based, hands on education lead by professionals from the creative arts community.  

Studies show that the Performing Arts provide powerful tools for trauma recovery, particularly among children.  Music, acting and dance provide outlets for creative expression, when words alone are often insufficient. Since our inception, we have produced dozens of full-scale, professionally-lead musicals and have worked with hundreds of children from the Greater Newtown area.

Our inaugural production of Seussical: The Musical was staged just months after the tragedy in Sandy Hook, and featured Tony Award-nominated Broadway veteran actor John Tartaglia in the inspiring role of “Cat in the Hat.”  The program profoundly affected not only the participants but the community at large.  Witnessing the children of Newtown exhibit such strength and confidence on stage so soon after the traumatic event gave hope for a path forward.

Past Performances

NewArts Summer 2018 Auditions

We are beyond excited to share with you that the NewArts Summer 2018 show will be… (drum roll please)…N… E… W… S… I… E… S…!!!

 

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The ARC PROGRAM

ARC is a monthly program, developed by Dr. Baroody and a group from the Yale School of Management. ARC stands for Aspire, Reach and Confidence. Aspire through action, Reach through perseverance, and build Confidence by discovering your strengths. ARC provides the opportunity to be trained in new ideas and grow into a mentally prepared and confident young adult.

Aspire. Reach. Confidence.

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NewArts Video Highlights

NewArts Anthem Written and Performed by our Cast and Crew

"Let It Go" with Idina Menzel at Josh Groban's Find Your Light Gala

The World Premiere "A Rockin Midsummer Nights Dream " Summer 2014

Founder Michael Baroody, MD Curtain Speech During the Summer of 2017

The Cast of "Liberty Smith" (Summer 2015) Performs at New York's Famed 54 Below

NewArts performs at Radio City Music Hall for WE Day NY - Evening Show

"Alone in the Universe" at Josh Groban's Find Your Light gala.

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in Attendance

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Kids on stage

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Youth Broadway Shows

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  • We are very excited to announce that Christopher Gattelli has agreed to participate in NewArts production of Newsie… https://t.co/oxsgwvC2fa
    NewArts about 39 days ago
  • Audition for NEWSIES! 👉🏻https://t.co/GO9OWUR43Z https://t.co/VUbm65FdHK
    NewArts about 41 days ago
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OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

We believe in a diverse range of personel to bring creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the table.

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Michael Baroody, MD

Founder and President
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Raiza Herrera-Arnone

Vice President
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Jay S. Winuk

Director
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TJ Garvin

Secretary
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Rich Hunter

Treasurer
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Michael Unger

Producing Artistic Director
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The Kids

Amazing young people
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Volunteers

Backstage, Set Design, Childcare, Marketing, ARC
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Our Sponsors

NewArts is proud to partner with these amazing organizations. Without the support of individuals, corporations & local businesses, our programs would not be what they are today.

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